The Museum of the City of New York offers fall, spring, and summer internships for college and graduate students in the areas specified below.
Acceptance into the internship program is based on academic achievement, interests, experience, and availability. Applications are rolling, but follow a semester time line.
Time commitments are flexible and dependent on the Museum’s needs. Internships are unpaid.
Accounting seeks an intern currently attending college to assist with day-to-day accounting including accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank reconciliations, and organization of the Museum's recording of in-kind services, as well as Human Resources projects. Candidates must be able to take initiative, be detail-oriented, have excellent computer skills and the ability to work independently, as well as within a team structure. Time commitment is flexible, but a minimum of two days per week is preferred. NO OPENINGS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
Collections seeks interns for different types of work, including archives, collections management, exhibitions, and registration. Candidates should be enrolled in a Master's Program in Museum Studies, Library Science, Art History, or other relevant field, and have strong organizational skills. Candidates must be detail-oriented; experience handling objects is a plus. Candidates should indicate one or more departmental preferences: Costumes & Textiles; Furniture & Decorative Art; Photographs, Prints & Drawings; Paintings & Sculpture; Theater; Manuscripts & Ephemera; Collections Management; or Registration. Summer interns must be available at least two full days per week. NO OPENINGS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
Development seeks an intern who is currently attending college or graduate school and has an interest in fund raising. The intern will assist with researching prospective foundation, corporate, and individual donors; coordinating special events; filing, data entry, and other administrative tasks. Candidates should have good presentation, research, and computer skills. Time commitment is flexible, with some evenings required; a minimum of two days per week is preferred.
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Children's Center at the Museum offers programs that help children learn about New York City and their place in it. The Center provides a rich mix of lessons and hands-on activities, semester-long programs that explore East Harlem's evolving neighborhood, and a citywide history competition that encourages independent student research. Interns are needed to work on different projects throughout the year to support Saturday Academy, NYC History Day, Professional Development, and general administrative needs.
NO OPENINGS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
Graphics Design seeks an intern who is currently attending college or graduate school for Graphic Design. The candidate will assist the Senior Graphic Designer with layout and production of internal and external projects, both online and print, and will assist in updating the Museum's website. Knowledge of Adobe's Creative Suite is required and a familiarity with web technologies is a plus. Candidates should have good communication, organization, and computer skills. Time commitment is flexible, but a minimum of ten hours per week is preferred.
Marketing seeks an intern who is currently attending college or graduate school and has an interest in marketing. The intern will assist with outreach and research for group tours, public programs, and various other marketing projects. The intern will assist in updating the mobile website. Knowledge of basic Excel, Internet research, and computer skills is necessary. Candidates should have good presentation, research, and computer skills. Time commitment is flexible, but a minimum of ten hours per week is preferred.
Public Programs seeks an intern who is currently enrolled in college or graduate school to assist with all aspects of Museum programming. A passion for New York City history, urban planning, and architecture and design is required. Please review current and past public programs on our website. Candidates must adhere to deadlines and demonstrate strong writing, interpersonal and social media skills. Duties include conducting research, networking and outreach, assisting with set-up, check-in, and audio-visual equipment. Hours during the week are flexible, but evening and weekend availability is necessary. NO OPENINGS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
Visitor Services and Retail seeks a high energy, motivated intern with excellent customer service experience and a personable and positive attitude. The candidate would be responsible for day-to-day functions in the Museum Shop and at the Admissions Desk. Key duties include but are not limited to assisting visitors with general questions and admissions transactions, promoting and processing sales in the Shop, taking phone orders, processing online orders and fulfilling shipments, maintaining the cleanliness of the Shop, Admissions and Information Desks, prepare deposits and balance registers, and other duties as assigned. NO OPENINGS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.
All applicants must submit a completed internship application, resume, cover letter, and other relevant materials. We are unable to offer assistance with housing, visas or work permits.
Volunteering for the Museum of the City of New York provides an opportunity to educate the public about the New York City’s heritage and perpetual transformation, as well as contribute valuable services to a non-profit institution.
Qualified candidates should possess a passion for what the city has to offer and appreciation of its distinctive character and diversity. A flexible attitude, basic computer skills — including familiarity with the Internet — and reliability are critical. Volunteering requires a one-year commitment and a minimum availability of four hours each month or 40 hours annually.
We will contact applicants with the required skills and interests for an interview as volunteer opportunities become available.
Visitor inquiries – minimum two-hour shifts per week
Requires a commitment to learning, with some proficiency, about the Museum collection and new exhibitions. Interaction with the public on a personal and professional level is necessary.
Patron information and sales covered during evening program hours
Variety of tasks, mostly evening hours
All applicants must submit a completed volunteer application and resume.
Museum of the City of New York encourages diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.